Okay. KVK is over. For 207 at least. We defended successfully and had a blast learning the new system. This is where friends and networking come in handy.
I’ll post my KVK video content on this later.
Garrison Boosts FYI
These are applied based on the stats of lords who garrison a building 20 minutes after that building is first occupied and held by the same alliance. Two buildings are required when invading to acquire this boost. Presumably only the throne is required while defending. However our throne was at 23 minutes 45 seconds and never had Level 1 benefits – we skipped straight to Level 2 when North tower had been occupied 20 mins and this increased one level each time another building hit the 20 minute occupation mark. Therefore without further testing (or confirmation from others) I cannot advise if defense requires two buildings like invasion.
So. How is that useful? Well now a weaker castle can mega to the stats of a stronger and then that stronger castle is free to boot people out of buildings. It offers flexibility in defense and invasion.
You can predict these stats before and plan accordingly. If you do that sort of thing for KVK.
- Garrison boosts start at level one and ends at level five. One level per available building.
- It doesn’t matter who activated it as long as the building(s) involved have been occupied by the same alliance for twenty minutes.
- Everyone gets a unique buff based on the % boost provided by the garrison boost level.
- A mega will apply the leader’s stats with boost to all.
- There is a blue bar under each building that fills up as a new garrison boost is activated. It is filled up in fifths.
- To gain the benefit on all five buildings you must occupy all five buildings.
If you can stack and mega five buildings at home you can theoretically stack all five and mega in another kingdom. With a bit of strategy and teamwork. And you want to do this before they gain garrison boosts if you intend to limit losses.
Garrison Boosts by Level
These numbers are accurate and backed by battle reports and images of each garrison boost level. The math is easy. You divide the boost added by the base stats to get a %. Just math. If you have a report at a known garrison level and base stats or the boosted amount you can do this math yourself to confirm.
Level 1 – 5% (assumed per known sequence below)
Level 2 – 7% (assumed per known sequence below)
Level 3 – 9% (fact; mathed it)
Level 4 – 11% (fact; mathed it)
Level 5 – 13% (fact; mathed it)
♡ this group of ladies. They are amazing.
I have never tried to do a rally outside the forest when invading so I don’t know if this is new but it is worth noting. This means that no matter what a castle must be in the forest to mega or rally a building. So not everyone can hide on the forest edge.
I have also recieved confirmation that this does not apply to stronghold rallies and may only apply to buildings. Further testing is needed to verify if this is a bug when people cannot do a rally or if it is a bug when one can. I only thought to test for this during the event because I heard that others were having issues with rallies as well.
Tower Zapping Change in Frequency
So this has not changed as much as we thought. If anything it is highly favorable if you are the one who is being zapped. It starts at ten minutes and is never shorter than four minutes. It still only zaps 1% troop power per. I do not have the data on when it gains frequency but this is more than we knew before. I will test this further when we get zapped or can zap another.
Individual Garrison Points
These have a cap that is unique to stronghold level. No one in our kingdom, except our 40, made it past the third set of rewards.
Points are not collected (right now) until you pull from a building. I don’t know if this is intentional or a bug. We experienced many when conquest was released and hopefully this is just that. Otherwise you have to guess when that cap is reached (or experiment by pulling). It seems they accrue rather fast and we had people pulling so others could send for points in the second half of the event.
Match Up Theory
So this has nothing to do with the new KVK. This is my theory on how match ups are done based on what I’ve seen for my matches as well as those of others. Doesn’t mean it is true but it is nice brain-candy to ponder.
There are three kingdoms in a match. Usually two of the kingdoms are equal – stats/troops/stronghold and they progress at a similar pace. There are variances but they are as close to equal as you can get. So what about that third one? I call this one the wildcard. Why? Because they are unpredictable and when matched with a more powerful kingdom they can usually hold their own or even invade successfully.
You will notice that some kingdoms will match with one another again and again. I believe this is due to the equal-ness of them. Then you have this one kingdom, 207 for example (and I know others), who are habitually the underdog yet progress up as though it is nothing. We invaded last KVK match – twice – over a kingdom that not only had better stats but more players with them. We won both times and made friends ❤ you 87!
Why? Because when you work together you can do amazing things. I think the match engine expects wildcards and labels them as such – doesn’t mean they will forever be one but while they are their matches are a bit more difficult than anticipated. This all started for us when we started conquering two kingdoms for three rounds in a row – most notably k64 and k394. We were equally matched with one and the other was the underdog – wildcard. After three rounds with them our matching changed drastically.
We had always though how well we did factored into the next match. So we kept trying to manipulate the system. Only taking one throne or taking none. It never seemed to work. We even took a holiday from KVK and told 218 they could have our kingdom uncontested – after a very bloody round – if they would only delay conquering so that the rebuild buff was also delayed. So that was two rounds no throne – then the anniversary conquest event and we bartered with k218 to defend our throne in exchange for helping them with towers in the final round as they went to invade the other kingdom.
We still got matched with beasts.
Let me show you our last couple of matches – those I’ve documented on my blog or YouTube.
- Blue = Successful Invasion (light color means we played around with them)
- Green = Allies
- Orange = Failed Defense (on us from them)
- White = Successful Defense (but white might have tossed us around a bit first)
I cannot recall the last time we were matched with someone weaker than us.
Either they are a solo beast without a care on power loss or a bunch people who could prevail but fail to unify. I think that is what makes us unique and a “wildcard”. We are unified with the backing of the entire kingdom. We had more castles than we could use this round – and we stacked everything to max. Perhaps this is why we ended up as #4 in alliance power globally.